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Smoke in the Wind (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 11): A compelling Celtic mystery of treachery and murder

Peter Tremayne

18 Reviews

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Fiction, Crime & mystery, Historical fiction

The spine-chilling and perplexing tenth mystery featuring Sister Fidelma takes her to a new Celtic land

Sister Fidelma and her companion Brother Eadulf are on their way to visit the new Archbishop of Canterbury, when their ship is blown off course and they land on the coast of the Welsh kingdom of Dyfed. They are given hospitality by King Gwlyddien and Abbot Tryffin of the Abbey of Dewi Sant, and are asked if they would help to solve the mystery of how the entire monastic community of the Abbey, including the King's eldest son, could vanish into thin air. It's not long before the trail leads to deaths and treachery in high places and Fidelma and Eadulf are faced with a sinister and baffling puzzle.

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Praise for Smoke in the Wind (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 11): A compelling Celtic mystery of treachery and murder

  • 'This is masterly storytelling from an author who breathes fascinating life into the world he is writing about' Belfast Telegraph

  • 'The detail of the books is fascinating, giving us a vivid picture of everyday life at this time...the most detailed and vivid recreations of ancient Ireland' Irish Examiner


  • 'Strong on historical whodunnit, as sharp as a sword and as colourful as any medieval manuscript' Northern Echo

  • 'The latest Sister Fidelma mystery is one of the best... an excellent mystery with rich helpings of evil and tension set within a culture struggling to keep its identity and laws in the face of pressure from the Roman Church. Peter Tremayne paints a believable picture of time and place with a set of lively and varied characters' Historical Novels Review


  • 'This collection is an essential canonical text for Sister Fidelma acolytes' Publisher's Weekly

  • 'Fidelma's fans will welcome this first-ever collection, many stories of which are appearing here for the first time' Kirkus Reviews

  • 'A treasure trove of small gems for historical mystery fans' Booklist

  • 'A complex mesh of betrayals that also catch up the sleuth, exploiting both Fidelma's strengths and vulnerabilities' Kirkus Reviews

  • 'Beguiling' Peterborough Evening Telegraph


  • 'Wonderfully evocative' The Times

  • Praise for previous novels:

  • 'The Sister Fidelma books give the readers a rattling good yarn. But more than that, they bring vividly and viscerally to life the fascinating lost world of the Celtic Irish. I put down The Spider's Web with a sense of satisfaction at a good story well told, but also speculating on what modern life might have been like had that civilisation survived' Ronan Bennett

  • 'A heroine whom many readers will willingly follow' Kirkus Reviews;

  • 'A brilliant and beguiling heroine. Immensely appealing, difficult to put down' PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY;

  • 'Definitely an Ellis Peter competitor...the background detail is marvellous' EVENING STANDARD;

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Peter Tremayne

Peter Tremayne is the fiction pseudonym of a well-known authority on the ancient Celts, who has utilised his knowledge of the Brehon law system and 7th-Century Irish society to create a new concept in detective fiction.

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